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A rarely used unctuous solid preparation, harder than an ointment, containing sufficient wax to prevent it from melting when applied to the skin.
[L. cera, wax]
A hard, unctuous, fat- or wax-based solid, sometimes medicated, formerly applied to the skin directly or on dressings.
a medicinal preparation for external use, compounded of fat or wax, or both, intermediate in consistency between an ointment and a plaster.